Vital Components to Postural Correction: How Well Is Your Chiropractic Program Working?

Aug 4, 2015 | | Say something

postural correctionChiropractic is an effective holistic health practice that involves the art and science of correcting misaligned vertebrae. By restoring normal spinal and joint function, chiropractic care can help in reducing pain, inflammation and swelling, all while improving mobility.

Optimum spinal health is the key to core strength and stability, good posture and biomechanics, and balance and coordination. Postural correction often demands more than just the occasional chiropractic adjustment to realize sustainable outcomes. Depending upon your case, your local chiropractor may choose one or more types of chiropractic treatments for postural correction.

Spinal Manipulation

Chiropractic adjustmentThis is the most common technique used to correct the spinal column. It basically involves alignment of the joints or vertebrae of the body using gentle but high-velocity short lever arm thrust to the affected vertebrae. Spinal manipulation is mainly for spinal joints, but can also be used in joints of upper or lower extremities.

Soft Tissue Therapy

Another commonly used technique for pain relief is soft tissue therapy. This deep tissue massage therapy involves applying of pressure with thumb or hand to produce a stretch, remove any adhesions and improve motion. It’s a great supplement to a chiropractic program for postural correction, but it’s not a substitute.

Interferential Current

This chiropractic technique involves passage of electric current through the pain affected areas. This low voltage current penetrates the deeper tissues and improves blood and nutrient flow to promote healing. During this procedure, the patient may get a ‘tingling’ sensation, or ‘pins or needles’ sensation in the affected area.

The Activator Technique

This technique uses a hand held instrument to correct any spinal misalignment. It is mainly suitable for children and elderly people. It is more effective as consistent, low force high speed thrust is applied to the affected area.

Ultrasound spinal health

This is one of the oldest techniques used in physical therapy to alleviate pain. The procedure involves use of ultrasonic waves to cause a vibration in the local tissues. Before the ultrasound probe is applied, ultrasound gel is rubbed over the affected part to facilitate the probe movement. The sound waves of ultrasound cause a local heating effect that promotes tissue relaxation by improving blood flow. Increased blood circulation helps in reducing local swelling and chronic inflammation.

COX Flexion Distraction

Another popular chiropractic therapy is COX flexion distraction. The therapy is mainly targeted at compressed discs of the spine. During this technique, the patient lies with face down on an examination table. The lower spine is gently stretched using multiple decompression adjustments. Distraction and flexion is a painless procedure, and is mainly used to treat injuries related to vertebral disc that involve back pain or associated leg pain.

Apart from the above discussed chiropractic techniques, there are several other methods (trigger point therapy, custom orthotics, drop table adjusting etc.) that provide pain relief. This form of comprehensive chiropractic care involves use of one or more techniques to provide relief. Your chiropractor will best decide which one is best for you.

As chiropractic care doesn’t involve administration of drugs to the patients, this form of treatment doesn’t involve any side-effects that are associated with drug usage. All the above mentioned techniques are safe, and are conducted by an expert and certified chiropractic only.

To learn more about comprehensive chiropractic care for spinal correction, visit:
Bly-Hillman Chiropractic
2501 E College Ave. Ste. C
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: (309) 661-1155

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